More than any other sport, baseball lends itself to individual blog obsession. Every Major League Baseball team has several blogs obsessed with chronicling the ins-and-outs of everything. Deadspin salutes these modem-addled souls and proudly presents Blogdom's Best, given to the most outstanding blog for each team. If you would like to nominate a blog (yours even) for selection, just let us know at email@example.com. Today: The Pittsburgh Pirates.
If you haven't been, we implore you to go to Pittsburgh and check out PNC Park. (You have this weekend to sneak in this year; we are fairly certain tickets are still available.) It's a gorgeous place, a new stadium that somehow feels sparkly and old-fashioned without the "retro" gimmickry that plagues many of the newer stadiums. It's a good thing the stadium is so nice too, because there's not much worth watching on the field. The Pirates haven't had a winning season since they chose Andy Van Slyke over Barry Bonds as a free agent — that's oversimplifying, but you get our point — and it looks like next year is yet another startover point. If you go, we just suggest wearing a Steelers jersey.
3. Honest Wagner. Focusing more on the Steelers of late — difficult to blame them really — an older blog that still keeps bringing funk, and much of it.
2. Buried Treasure. Very well put together, smart and consistently updated. To keep themselves interested, they also have an occasional book review section, which is always nice.
1. Bucs Dugout. All you need from these guys is the most recent post, which details a fictional (we hope) conversation between general manager Dave Littlefield and Pirates "pitcher" Kip Wells, in which Wells tries to make a drunken Littlefield leave the bar and karaoke machine and go home, and fails.
(Tuesday: Toronto Blue Jays.)